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Miami Dade College Phi Theta Kappa Campus Chapters Rack Up Awards, Scholarships and Recognition

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Miami, May 15, 2014 - Members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society at Miami Dade College (MDC) continue to reach great academic, professional and personal heights. From growing their campus’ memberships to spearheading community projects, the college’s six chapters’ have received numerous international and regional awards and recognition. Among their accolades this year, 11 students who were named to the honors society’s 2014 All-Florida Academic Team at a recent joint PTK International and Florida regional conference held in Orlando.

“The accolades have been wonderful,” said Dr. Kelly Kennedy, a professor who in her first year serving as the PTK advisor for the Hialeah campus grew the chapter’s membership from four to more than 160 students.  “I was very lucky to be blessed with such a talented and dedicated group of officers, who have ensured that the new group of officers is well prepared and ready to meet the challenge of continuing scholarship and success.”

PTK began at MDC over 45 years ago and represents a diverse group of students who hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher. At the College’s graduation ceremonies, these students bear the Society’s distinctive gold stoles and tassels.

Here’s a list of awards and recognition that PTK campus chapters have recently received:

Hialeah Campus (Beta Pi Theta Chapter)

PTK International

Faculty advisor Dr. Kelly Kennedy received Paragon Award for Best Advisor

Recognized at the opening ceremonies for chapter membership and improvement

Chapter President Jeffrey Romeu participated in an Educational Forum on membership

Named a 5-star Chapter

PTK Florida

Faculty advisor Dr. Kelly Kennedy received Florida Paragon Award for Best Advisor

Student Hellen Rivas was named to the All-Florida Academic Team

Named Leadership Chapter for 2014-2015

Chapter President Jeffrey Romeu won speech competition

Named Most Improved Chapter for growing membership from four to 160 honors students in one academic year


U.S. Presidential Volunteer Award

Chapter received silver award for completing over 500 hours of service


Homestead Campus (Beta Alpha Iota Chapter)

PTK Florida

Jennifer Young made All-Florida Team

Kasfia Mehnaj made All-Florida Team 


InterAmerican Campus(Beta Kappa Iota Chapter)


PTK Florida

Jose Alvarez, Jesus Bohorquez and Xiomara Polanco made All-Florida Team 

Kendall Campus (Omicron Tau chapter)

PTK International

Named Top 100 Chapters


PTK Florida

Awarded the Florida College System Chancellor’s Student Service Award for Civic Engagement

Student Tyler McClennan named to All-Florida Academic Team

Student Stefanie Moses named to the All-Florida Academic Team

Medical Campus (Alpha Gama Delta)

PTK International

Named a 3-star Chapter


North Campus (Mu Epsilon)

PTK International

Named 5-star Chapter


PTK Florida

Yohei Fujita named to All-Florida Academic Team

Heydee Perez named to All-Florida Academic Team


U.S. Presidential Volunteer Award

Chapter received the Bronze award for completing over 300 community service hours.


Campus Recognition

Student Sheila Hernandez received MDC Student Life North Campus’ Leadership Enhancement Award
Received MDC Student Life North Campus’ Community Service Award

Wolfson Campus (Alpha Gamma Kappa)

PTK International

Student Melisa Seda named as 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar


PTK Florida

Student Melisa Seda named to 2014 All-Florida Academic Team

Phi Theta Kappa is the scholastic honor society for students attending two-year colleges. Founded in 1918, it is the only internationally acclaimed honor society serving institutions which offer associate degree programs. The purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate to exchange ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship among scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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